July 12, 2024

Jean Stumbaugh Retires After Eight Years Service

Jean Stumbaugh

Jean Stumbaugh joined the UMW Foundation on a part-time basis in August 2009 and became full time in May 2010, serving as Senior Foundation Accountant. Her commitment to the Foundation and the University has been evidenced by her willingness to go far beyond the requirements of her position and to do so with enthusiasm and energy.

Jean’s last day will be Friday, December 14, and, as many of you have worked directly with Jean, we would like to invite you to stop by the Foundation office at your convenience to wish Jean farewell.


New Hires for Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington


Michelle Lee Hardy

Michelle Lee Hardy

Michelle Lee Hardy was hired as director of sales for Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington. Hardy, originally from Weidman, Mich., is a seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry, with a large concentration of her career vested with interstate hotels and resorts. Hospitality became a passion for her with her first hotel while she was in college under the hospitality management program where she participated in opening the hotel in Big Rapids, Mich. Hardy is married with two children, one in college at Ferris State University, where she too attended, and one 10 year old who loves football. Hardy has participated proudly in various community efforts along the way with such organizations as Food Gatherers, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and National Arbor Day Foundation. She looks to expand on her community efforts in her new capacity, one in particular interest, Habitat for Humanity, where she may utilize her skills as a painter. Michelle attributes her successes over the years to one over all philosophy “work in all things with integrity, and good things shall result.”


John M. Marion

John M. Marion

John M. Marion, of Fredericksburg, was hired as assistant general manager of the Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington. He attended Spotsylvania County public schools and graduated from West Virginia University with a BA in biology. He served two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Fiji teaching biology. He worked as a research assistant at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned his masters of public health in epidemiology. He returned to Fredericksburg to teach biology and earth science. He taught for two years with the Spotsylvania County Public Schools, and then four years at Fredericksburg Academy. He moved on to be a Food Safety Inspector with The Steritech Group leading him to an almost six year job with Marriott International.




Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington Appoints General Manager

The University of Mary Washington Foundation and Interstate Hotels & Resorts have appointed James A. Fournier as general manager for the 93-room Hyatt Place Fredericksburg, effective May 23, 2013. As general manager for the hotel, Fournier will cultivate and lead the hotel’s executive team and manage the hotel through the pre-opening phase into opening and full operations, with responsibility for day-to-day operations upon opening.

Fournier brings 23 years of experience to his role, including 12 years in operations leadership as a general manager with Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott properties. Most recently, he was general manager at the Residence Inn in Alexandria, where he successfully managed the hotel through the construction phase to opening.  During his tenure with Marriott, Fournier received numerous accolades, including the Top Operations Excellence Award in 2010 based on high quality assurance and guest service satisfaction scores.

The UMW Foundation’s Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington  is scheduled to open in December 2013.